Hello, beauties! I absolutely love creating looks for brides on their special day. Most of the time, the bride will have a picture of what they want. Whenever they don’t, I get to be creative and do what I feel would look best for them on their special day! Typically, I will go with something natural, blushing, bright, and defining. For today’s post, I’m going to show you exactly how I get the classic bridal glam look.
Face primer: Physician’s Formula Spotlight Primer ($21.99)
Eyeshadow primer (not pictured): NYX Waterproof Eye Primer ($6.99)
Foundation: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation ($4.68)
Concealer: Wet n Wild MegaGlow Makeup Concealer Stick ($3.89)
Setting powder: Coty Airspun Translucent Powder ($5.97)
Bronzer: Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Palette ($3.49)
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed ($29)
Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40)
Highlighter: theBalm Mary Lou Manizer ($20)
Eyeshadow: Covergirl Chocoholic Eye Palette ($9.96)
Eyeliner: Covergirl Get In Line Matte Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99)
Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara ($5.79)
Lashes: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes (5 pack for $8.88)
Lip ;iner: Mac Whirl Lip Liner ($18)
Lipstick: NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in shade Lace Detail ($8)
Setting spray: Physician’s Formula Insta Ready Setting Spray ($12.99)
For brides, I always try to do something super bright that accentuates their features. However, with bridal makeup, you want to go a little bit more heavy handed than you typically would. The reasoning behind this is that the camera will wipe out a lot of your features. When you add more makeup, it helps to show off the contours and shadows of your face.
Another key for bridal makeup is that you want to make sure the foundation you’re using has NO SPF in it! SPF causes flashback on cameras, and therefore has the potential to wash you out in pictures. I always try to go for something that is considered an HD foundation. HD foundations will blur out the skin in pictures and give you a soft, natural glow. Who doesn’t want that on their wedding day?!
Lastly, you HAVE to do lashes on your wedding day! I don’t care if you have spider lashes that touch your eyebrows. False lashes help make the eyes look brighter, especially on camera. Again, our features tend to get washed out on camera, and your natural lashes are no exception. I’ve had brides who decided against them, and then told me when they got their pictures back that it was their biggest wedding day regret!
How to Achieve the Look
- Make sure everything is primed. I always prime the eyes first so the primer has time to get nice and tacky. After that, I used a face primer all over the face, focusing on the areas that get oilier for me.
- Blend a little bit of white eyeshadow onto your lid with a flat shadow brush. This will help the shadows blend a little bit more seamlessly.
- Next, using a fluffy blending brush, apply bronzer into the crease of your eye (where your eyelid folds over.) You want to blend it up toward your eyebrow. This will act as a transition shade for our eyeshadow look.
- After you have the bronzer put down, grab that same blending brush, and apply a medium shade brown shadow further into the crease. Blend that with the bronzer to soften the shade.
- Next, take a smaller eyeshadow brush and apply a darker brown into the outer corner. If there are harsh lines, take the fluffy blending brush you used earlier and blend it without any product on the brush.
- Last for the eyeshadow, take a black or a very dark brown and apply that into the crease. Don’t go tooooo heavy handed with this, just a touch in the outer corner will do.
- For eyeliner, I used a liquid liner and did a medium sized wing. Wings always look good for wedding day, because they make the eyes appear bigger.
- To wrap up the eye look, I applied a little bit of waterproof mascara and some false lashes.
- To start off the face, I applied my HD foundation all over my face with a beauty blender.
- Once the foundation is all on, I took my concealer stick and drew upside down triangles underneath my eyes. This helps to brighten the under eye area, and hide dark circles.
- In order to keep the concealer on all day, I took my setting powder on my damp beauty blender and patted the powder into where I placed my concealer. I also took a big fluffy face brush and added just a touch of it wherever I get oily.
- To warm up the face, I used a fluffy face brush and applied bronzer all over my cheeks, temples and my nose.
- After that, I added a bit of contour powder with a smaller face brush into the hollows of my cheeks to carve out my cheekbones and added blush to the apples of my cheeks.
- For my highlighter, I took a fan brush and applied that to the high points of my face–tops of my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, and inner corner of my eye.
- In order to further define my eyes, I added a touch of brown shadow to the lower lash line, and a little bit of mascara as well.
- Next, I defined my lips with a mauve toned lip liner. I slightly overdrew them in order to make them stand out and even out my lip shape.
- To wrap up the look, I took a nude liquid lipstick and dabbed a small amount on the center of my lip. Then, I took my finger and blended it out to make it look more natural.
- Lastly, I sprayed my face with a setting spray to keep my look on all day!
Bridal Makeup Emergency Kit
- When you do your makeup trial, ask your makeup artist what lipstick they used on you so you can purchase it for your wedding day. Even if your makeup artist gives you a sample to use throughout the day, its always good to have your own on hand.
- Keep oil blotting sheets on you throughout the day. Adding more product, like a powder or concealer, will make the look become too cakey. If you don’t have oil blotting sheets, paper towels always do the trick!
- Lash glue is always something I tell my brides to have handy. Even if you don’t know how to apply lashes, adding a little more to the inner corners will help reinforce the lashes in case they pop up.
- Even if you didn’t add lip gloss to the look, it’s always good to have handy. If your lips start to get chapped or dry, add a touch of gloss to the center of the lip to help hydrate them without wiping the color away!
There you have it, my go-to bridal beauty. What are some wedding looks that are inspiring you this summer? Comment below, and as always…be sure to follow me on social media! My links are right under my face to the right!
Also, if you need some advice on booking a makeup artist, click here for my full guide on how to book a makeup artist for your wedding day!